NASSAU, BAHAMAS — An Exuma man was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday for possession of one gram of marijuana with a street value of five dollars.
He pleaded guilty to the charge.
Pearce told the court that he resides in Exuma, but came to New Providence to celebrate his birthday with relatives who reside on the island.
He said he was at Potter’s Cay Dock when a friend passed by and gave him the marijuana as a birthday gift.
He said without thinking he placed the package in his pocket and forgot about it.
“I don’t even smoke,” he told the magistrate.
He said when officers approached him and began searching him, he didn’t remember that the quantity of cannabis was on him because he just “spread out” to be searched.
He advised the court that he had not once been in any issues with the law.
While Forbes commended the accused for staying out of trouble, he told the Exuma resident that he needs to make better decisions.
Pearce was granted conditional discharge probation for six months for the offense.